Eat more potatoes and no bread?

12 - 02 - 2014

The start of the New Year is always full of good intentions. Diets and healthy eating habits are often at the top of the list. Low-carb diets are a new food trend, following the example of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, which is becoming increasingly popular here as well. A recent article in 'Het Nieuwsblad' explained in detail what should be left out of the menu. Potatoes turn out to be very nutritious.

Avoid flavouring.

An article by general practitioner Jan Van Duppen on deredactie.be claims that only fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, fish and meat are free of flavouring agents. According to him it is important to look for pure food in supermarkets, i.e. food which does not contain dextrose, maltose, sucrose, fructose or modified starch or corn syrup. It is not a plea to leave out all carbohydrates all together, because this would eliminate some important nutrients from your diet. Dairy products, fruits and vegetables, for example, are also carbohydrates. Especially quick refined sugars must be avoided.

The article provides a list of products which can be eliminated:

  • bread
  • rice
  • pasta
  • granulated sugar
  • coke
  • chocolate spread
  • jam
  • ...

Potatoes give you a certain volume in the stomach

Eating fewer carbohydrates means less bread, rice and pasta. Natural grains and potatoes can be eaten and give you a fuller feeling. Potatoes are not fatteners but are very nutritious and contain three times less calories than bread.

Overview of food stuffs to be retained:

  • natural grains like spelt and oat
  • potatoes
  • dairy products
  • vegetables
  • ...